Haley Samsel

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Reporter Profile

Haley Samsel covers the consequences of economic growth for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She has covered everything from cybersecurity to home medical equipment as an associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management and Security Today magazines in Dallas. Before graduating from American University in 2019, she reported on Capitol Hill for The Texas Tribune and interned for NPR’s education desk, USA Today College, The Investigative Reporting Workshop and The Washington Monthly. She served as editor-in-chief of The Eagle, the university’s student newspaper, where she worked with students to publish innovative digital projects and accountability reporting. More recently, Haley contributed articles on youth issues to YR Media. She grew up in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

Beat: Environmental issues caused by rapid economic development

This beat encompasses coverage of the environment related to rapid growth in our area. Fort Worth is growing by 20,000 people per year, resulting in the need for thousands of new homes and apartments, prompting constant retail growth. That creates problems such as flash flooding, deforestation and stress on our water supply. This journalist holds officials accountable and generates much-needed conversation about smart development.